As you get older, it gets more difficult to kick the habits you’ve gained. Some habits you may not even realize you’re doing until your State College dentist points it out. The question is, were you aware these habits are actively damaging your teeth?
To achieve the best oral health, the following habits should be replaced by any means necessary. To make this easier, we’ve provided a few alternatives worth transitioning to as they inflict zero damage to your teeth and gums.
Quit Chewing Ice, Go For Real Food
According to the American Dental Association, chewing ice is a good way to injure your gums or even break a tooth. If you want to avoid future tooth injuries, consider making the switch to foods that effectively promote oral health.
These foods include baby carrots, apple slices, and celery. They also provide that hearty crunch ice-lovers crave, making it easier to make the transition. Be sure to tell your doctor about your ice-chewing habit so they can provide more ideas to kick your habit for good.
Avoid Tongue Piercings, Opt For More Common Areas
Data has shown that people with tongue piercings are more prone to teeth and gum problems than those without. According to a study published in an issue of Journal of Periodontology, researchers examined the mouths of 52 young adults with pierced tongues.
In it, they found that tooth chipping was more common among young adults with shorter barbells (the rod that goes through the tongue.) They also found that those with longer barbells were more prone to receding gums because they’re piercings were more likely to knock against them. If you’re looking to get a piercing, try going for the more traditional method on the ear to reduce damage to your teeth and gums.
Take A Break from Peppermints and Cough Drops
You’d think you’re State College dentist would enjoy a peppermint or be in favor of the cold-alleviating effects cough drops provide. Unfortunately, both these treats carry a large amount of sugar that lingers in your mouth for long periods of time, increasing your chances of tooth decay.
Instead, try sugar-free cough drops when you’re feeling sick and swap the peppermints for an aromatic herbal tea. Make sure to avoid black tea though as it can also stain your teeth.
Kick Your Soda Habit For Good
It’s common knowledge that every dentist wants their patients to remove soda from their diets completely. The combination of acid and sugar dramatically increases the pH levels in your mouth, making it easier for bacteria to grow as they feed on the soda’s sugar.
Soda causes your teeth enamel to erode permanently; there is no better time than now to quit drinking soda altogether. Instead, opt for water as it doesn’t have any sugar or carbonation which are both capable of making your mouth more acidic.
Remember that regularly scheduled dental checkups will help keep your habits in check. Contact a dentist near you how to kick bad habits sooner and maintain a healthier you!
About the Author
Dr. Devlin earned his Bachelor of Science from Penn State University along with his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He takes many hours of continuing education each year to provide patients with the highest quality care possible. He is associated with the Dawson Academy, the Pankey Institute, and The Society of Dental Anesthesiology. To learn more about his practice, visit his website or contact him at (814) 238-3553.